I was traveling much of last week, so I didn’t get a chance to write up the Minor League Player of the Month piece. But better a few days late than never, so here’s your chance to make your voice heard as to the best in the Cubs minor league system.
You should know the drill by now. I pick one player from each team. You vote for the player who had the best month. You don’t vote on anything other than what they did that month, although you can come up with your own criteria. I’ll announce the winner in tomorrow’s Minor League Wrap. I’ll also give you the chance to vote for pitchers tomorrow.
Here are the candidates. Clicking on a player’s name will take you to their milb.com page for more information.
Iowa Cubs shortstop Ryan Court:
The shortstop from Elgin, Illinois had a huge month in July, with a 20-game hitting streak over the course of the month. Court hit .400/.465/.611 with three home runs, 18 RBI and 18 runs scored in 26 games. He even stole four bases in five attempts.
Tennessee Smokies second baseman Trent Giambrone:
Giambrone’s breakout this season in Double-A looks a lot like David Bote’s did last year, although he finished the month on the disabled list that made everyone think he’d been traded. In the month of July, Giambrone hit .267/.350/.511 with five home runs and 17 RBI over 25 games. He also stole five bases, albeit in nine attempts.
South Bend Cubs/Myrtle Beach Pelicans first baseman Jared Young:
Young got promoted to Myrtle Beach on July 7 and didn’t lose much going up a level. In 21 games in High-A, Young hit .321/.396/.462 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games. If you add in the six games he played in South Bend, his line for the month was .350/.414/.510 with four home runs in 27 games.
Apologies to Roberto Caro, who was promoted to Myrtle Beach on July 1 and hit .386/.453/.509, but in only 17 games as he finished the month on the disabled list.
South Bend Cubs second baseman Christian Donahue:
The undrafted free agent out of Oregon State is proving this season that someone should have at least used a draft pick on him last year. While Donahue has been strong all season, in July he hit .317/.404/.390 with six doubles and 15 runs scored in 23 games. Donahue clearly doesn’t have a lot of power, but he can get on base and play second, third or the outfield.
Eugene Emeralds outfielder Nelson Velazquez:
Last year’s fifth-round pick out of Puerto Rico last year was supposed to be a slugging corner outfielder in his second-professional season. But he played 31 games in South Bend earlier this year and did not hit any home runs. Then he went to Eugene when they started play and only hit one home run in June. But the power finally showed up in July. For the month, Velazquez hit .248/.311/.459 with five home runs and 18 RBI over 30 games. He also stole three bases in four attempts. Velazquez is still just 19, so South Bend was probably an overly-optimistic placement for him earlier this season. He’s back on track with his last month in Eugene.
Who is the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for July?
This poll is closed
Iowa Cubs Ryan Court
Tennessee Smokies Trent Giambrone
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Jared Young
South Bend Cubs Christian Donahue
Eugene Emeralds Nelson Velazquez